Parking Enforcement

Parking Enforcement

Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, including weekends, holidays, finals weeks, quarter breaks and summer. Because parking on campus is limited, parking regulations are strictly enforced. For more information, view the campus traffic and parking regulations.

Permits are required Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM-8:30 PM. In some lots permits are required for extended hours so it's important to read the signs at the entrance to the lot.

Parking maps and a list of parking regulations are available in the TAPS Sales Office in H-Barn.

Parking Citations

Citations can be paid in person with either cash or check at the Police Department, or by mail. When making a payment by mail, please make your check out to UCSC Parking Citations and include the citation and vehicle license plate number on the check. Payments should be mailed to UCSC Parking Citations, c/o Parking Citations Service Center, P.O. Box 11923, Santa Ana, CA 92711-1923. Credit card payments are accepted by phone between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, by calling (888) 300-9966. Citations may also be paid online at: There is a $3.95 per citation processing fee for credit card payments, both by phone and online. Payments must be received on or before the due date to avoid an additional $35.00 penalty fee.

Vehicles with five or more parking citations over 21 days old are subject to being immobilized with a "boot." Once booted, all outstanding parking fines must be paid prior to the boot being removed, plus an additional $25.00 boot fee. Outstanding parking fines may be paid by cash, money order or credit card, and the boot fee must be paid in cash. If your vehicle has been booted, please contact our office for further information before paying by credit card.

Please click here for our payment policy.

New Office Hours

Starting July 2, 2012, UCSC PD will have adjusted office hours for conducting routine business involving Parking Citations, requests for Records, and other business office services. Our new office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3:30pm. Police Officer and Dispatch services will not be affected by these adjusted office hours, with Public Safety staff on duty 24/7.

If you receive a citation and wish to contest it, you must do so within 21 days from the date the citation was issued. 

You may contest your citation online at .  Administrative Review forms are also available at the police department or you can submit a written explanation by mail to: UCSC Parking Citations, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. For questions regarding citations you may call (831) 459-4373, Monday through Thursday between 9am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3:30pm, excluding holidays. Effective October 2010, our office is closed on Fridays.

Loading/Time Zones

There are no "in-and-out privileges" in loading/time zones. If you require additional time for loading or unloading, you should call the Police Department for approval at (831) 459-2231. Be prepared to give your vehicle's location, description and license number. No more than 30 minutes will be approved in any time zone or other parking space. "Move-In/Out" permits are available from your college housing office. Fire lanes and other restricted or reserved spaces WILL NOT be approved for parking for short periods of time.

If you need to temporarily park outside of a marked parking space to load or unload, you will need to call the Police Department immediately to avoid receiving a citation. If you are loading or unloading, you must call before leaving your vehicle to get approval.

Effective May 1, 2016

Under our "fine reduction" program, once per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30), if you have a valid parking permit and either forget to display it or display it improperly, your citation fine amount will be reduced. As of May 1, 2016,  the bail amount will be reduced to $20.00.  In order to take advantage of this program, bring your valid permit along with the citation to our office during business hours. After verifying that you have not already used your one annual void, we will reduce the bail amount for the citation. As stated above, you must do this within 21 days from the date the citation was issued. Once a citation has gone late, it is no longer possible to have it dismissed for any reason.

Please know that for each citation issued, we have a fixed cost of $16.18. These costs are prior to being assessed the Equipment or Registration Assessment.  The breakdown of assessed costs per citation are the following:

Criminal Justice Facilities Fund: (GC 76000(b)) (GC76101), $1.50
Courthouse Construction Fund: (GC76000(b)) (GC 76100), $1.50
County General Fund: (GC 76000(c)(d)): $2.00
Immediate and Critical Needs Account: (GC 70372(b)), $3.00
State Court Facilities Fund: (GC70372(b)), $1.50
Trial Court Trust Fund: (GC 76000.3), $3.00
Equipment Assessment: (CVC 40225) 50% max of fine
Registration Assessment: (CVC 40225) 50% max of fine
TAPS surcharge: $3.00

We also have $0.68 processing fee through our 3rd party vendor for each citation written.